At Tyndale Primary School, we prioritise developing an embedded culture which fosters a love of reading. Teaching a child to read is our primary focus in order to open the doors of learning which books offer. Reading has now become a core part of everyday life at Tyndale.
Our Reading Programme
Our unique and inspiring reading programme gives our pupils the opportunity to read classic literature every day. Within the timetabled day, there are 75 minutes of deliberate teaching of reading. By the end of year 6, our pupils will have read an extensive number of books with challenging themes and vocabulary.
As part of the reading programme at Tyndale, we have adopted ‘DEAR’ (drop everything and read) time. Every pupil spends the last 20 minutes of every day following their own copy of a book, whilst the teachers read aloud, demonstrating fluency, expression, intonation and a passion for the enjoyment of reading. When you walk around the building during DEAR time, there is a sense of calm and focus as pupils enjoy their latest book and ensure that every second of their school day counts!
This reading programme has contributed to accelerated progress in reading and has contributed to increased literacy levels and inspired our pupils to develop a lifelong love for reading.
DEAR Time Example
Below, is a playlist of videos to further demonstrate how DEAR Time might look like from the perspective of a Year 6 Tyndale pupil. Each video has a link in the description to a comprehensive quiz for pupils to access after they've finished reading to assess their understanding. These videos were created to allow our reading programme to continue throughout the school closure, during the pandemic in 2019/20.
Below, you can find a suggested reading list we strongly recommend to parents when purchasing books for their children. We also hold a copy of each title in this list at school in our library for pupils to select during reading for pleasure time.